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Phew! I'm back home and recuperated from a FUN, FUN, FUN weekend away with my girlfriends at Ready, Set, Create.  

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photo credit: Stephanie Mehlem

I have a lot of projects to share with you and I figured the easiest and quickest way to do it is to whip up a video, so here you go:

 

 

 If As I finish up projects I'll post them here on my blog.  :)

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disclaimer: I was in NO WAY compensated for writing this article, opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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More Circle Journaling!

Here's the rest of the pages I did this past week.  These are also for the set of Circle Journals my girlfriends and I are doing. 

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For these pages we had to answer the following questions:

  • What's your favorite color?
  • What is your favorite animal?
  • What is your favorite body of water?
  • If you were in a white room with NO windows and NO doors how would your feel?

We had to answer each of these describing at least 3 feelings.


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I ended up answering the questions in a little matchbook and inserted it in the page protector. I just used my craft knife to add slits to the plastic so I could pull the cover and page inserts through.
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Inside the matchbook...
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This was fun to do.  I've been doing so many pocket pages when I scrapbook that it was fun to do full pages.  

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Pocket Pages: Guilty Pleasures

I actually scrapbooked this week! Woo-hoo! 

Now, I will be the first to admit that these are not super guilty pleasures...they are more like some of my favorite things.  I mean, how can tacos be wrong?!

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This pages are for the continuing set of Circle Journals my girlfriends and I are doing.  I added an extra page...I have a lot of "pleasures"!

Here's the front...my pups!

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And here's the back...just some of my favorite arts and crafts.
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And here's the final page...my favorite scrapbooking snack: peanut butter filled pretzels and mini M&Ms....Lappert's Mango Sorbet (I get it whenever I'm in Hawaii)...Coffee, of course...and Hugo's Tacos!  

And I love traveling...whether by foot, by air, or by boat!

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Also, in this Circle Journal there's a check-in page...so here's what I made for it.

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disclaimer: this post contains links to places I love, I'm NOT being paid to tell you about them!  :)

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Family Reunion

It was so neat to go out to Montana for our family reunion.  It was both my niece's & my first time there and we both really loved it for the beauty of the people and nature.

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photo credit: Rosa Freedman

While there had been other big Lincoln Family reunions in the past, this was the first one that I've been able to attend. It was really cool to finally meet people that I'd heard stories about growing up and also the ones I had no clue I was related to.  To just be sitting there talking with someone and realize that they had the same green eyes as you was really cool!! (I don't think I've ever been in the same room as so many green eyed people before!)

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photo credit: Ric Tieman

The day before the actual reunion a lot of us met up at the Lincoln Family barn at the Museum of the Rockies for a group pic. Hello bright Montana sun!!

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A BIG thanks to all the family that worked so hard to put this all together and to everyone who attended.  We are so thankful for the new relationships & connections formed!

 PS - For those who follow my blog for art and missed it...here's the art journal post I did on being a Lincoln.

 

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The Documented Life Project - Featured Artist

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I'm honored to be this week's featured artist for Art to the 5th's the Documented Life Project 2015.

 

This weeks challenge is using ephemera: old maps, letters, tickets and more and the prompt is Life…with a history and it goes along perfectly with what's happening in my life this week...we're at the Lincoln Family Reunion! For those of you that don't know me in real life, my maiden name is Lincoln and I share an ancestor with Abraham Lincoln.

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I created THIS VIDEO of the whole process I used to do these art journal pages:

 

 

 

The main steps I did were...

1. Use spray ink and stencils for the background.

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2. Create my own Abraham Lincoln stencil using my ScanNCut & used it on my page.

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3. Glued down some meaningful ephemera.

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4. Journaling

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5. Adding finishing touches with Faber-Castell Gelatos® and water soluble crayons.

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If you're curious about my previous guest artist post for Art to the 5th check it out HERE.

You can find more info on Art to the 5th at: The Art to the 5th Academy and on Instagram: #documentedlife

 

Supplies

 

 

 

 

 

Brother Sewing ScanNCut Cutting Machine Draw CM250

 

Brother ScanNCut Standard Mat 12 x 12 inch

 

C-Thru Blank Stencil Material pack of 3 (9in x 12in)

 

DecoArt DASK279 Crafter's Acrylics Home Décor Brights Sample Pack

 

DecoArt DASK278 Crafter's Acrylics Primary Sample Pack

 

Designing W/Gelatos Colors Kit-

 

OHTO Fude 1.5mm Ballpoint Pen, Black (CFR-150FB-Black)

 

Ranger TCW-TIM-29687 Tim Holtz Adirondack Color Wash Dye Spray, Red Pepper, 2-Ounce

 

Tim Holtz -Set 1 - Blossom, Flourish, Lace, Wildflower & Valentine -

 

Reeves Water Soluble Wax Pastels, Set of 48

 

Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layered Stencil, 4.125 by 8.5-Inch, Stars

 

Jenni Bowlin Studio - Bingo Place Cards - Whimsy

 

Metal File Tabs by Tim Holtz Idea-ology

disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product.

Other sponsors: Deco Arts, Faber Castell...I receive products from both of these companies and the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from this link it won't cost you a penny more but I make a little bit of money to keep this site up and running (not enough for a pony).

 

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Summer Daily(ish) Art Journal - Day 1

I've mentioned previously that I wanted to get back into the habit of art journaling daily. So last night I figured now is as good a time as any and grabbed my smaller Dylusions Art Journal and sketched out one of my outside succulents before my Husband and I started talking and planning out some summer stuff.

Summer Art Journal - 5-29-15-Succulant 1So then this morning I knew I wanted to stay in the groove and so I added some watercolor to it.

Summer Art Journal - 5-29-15-Succulant 2Woo-hoo! First day done!

How are YOU keeping art in your summer?

 This is NOT a sponsored post, but it does contain affiliate links to products I use and love.

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TruthScrap - Celebrating the Intersection of Faith and Art

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Yay, I'm really excited to share with your that I'm going to be teaching at TruthScrap in January! I really hope you will be able to join us for this event!  TruthScrap is the ONLY online, live virtual art and crafting event focused on celebrating the intersection of faith and art. With inspiration brought right to your desktop, there’s no need to change out of your PJs because you’re logging on, right from home!

If you want to learn more about the HOW and WHY of infusing your creativity with your faith, Truth Scrap is the event for you. Learn new skills while getting a new take on old favorites! And with seven energizing, talented instructors, you’re sure to be inspired.

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The class I'm teaching is on Faithbooking...which is a way to scrapbook your faith. I will be sharing ideas on how you can do that and why you should! I can’t wait for you to join us! Click here for more info!

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Summer Time!

I've always loved summer time as a kid. The anticipation leading up to it was always such a great feeling. I feel the same way about summer now though too because it means my niece comes out to stay!  I still can't believe how brave she is to fly all by herself!

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She just arrived over a week ago and already we have been to her first wedding, and then went on her first family camping trip up to the beautiful Sequoia National Forest.  

The wedding was thoughtful and beautiful, and this 8 yr old girl ate it up. 

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Camping was a blast! She had such a great time & I'll share the project life style scrapbook she's making about it once she's finished.

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I can't wait to see what else the summer has in store for us.  I'm sure there will be many kids craft projects just like in years past, and fun surprises too.

 

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Art Journaling: Together In Life

I'm waaaaaayyyy behind on posting my art journal pages here on my blog, so instead of going back to the older ones, here's one I did the other day...

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Sometimes life is hard...living life with people gets complicated! Boy, I could totally relate the other night to the "spinster" in the book I had been reading who lives a simple life way out in the boondocks since at that moment in time I thought about how nice it would be to be her and not have to compromise on decisions with my Husband or have to deal with all the stuff I have on my plate right now. But that's not real life for me. In real life I choose to deal with it and live in a family in good times and bad.

After dealing with all that STUFF and getting a chance to talk with my Husband, I decided to clear a path on my workbench so I could art a little bit. Art is therapy! And this is the page I came up with.

Here's some close-ups...
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Art Journal - Together1 - Erin BassettI used Stencil Girl stencils from May's kit on it along with my favorite DecoArts Americana paint colors (Desert Turquoise, Ice Blue, Hauser Dark Green, Houser Medium Green, Houser Light Green, Golden Straw, Pumpkin, Melon, Black), a bunch of scrap papers and even map pages from an old Thomas Guide map book. All the black outlines were done with a charcoal pencil and smudged out with water.

 

Sponsor: DecoArt

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I'm back from the Choose Joy Conference for Surviving Infertility and Adoption

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This past weekend was the Choose Joy conference down in beautiful Laguna Hills, CA and I was blessed to be able to attend again this year. I can't tell you how wonderful it is to be able to be in a group of people with different stories and yet feel totally accepted and understood. Last years conference changed my life with that feeling. I hadn't ever experienced that kind of bonding and empathy since God's timing and plan for our family differed from our own desires. It was amazing then and was amazing once again this year.

There is SO much I could tell you about this event, but really I don't even know where to start, and a lot of it is really personal, so I'll just give you some of the highlights. We got to choose three breakout sessions that were speaking to our heart. Each of the speakers of my sessions were so informative and REAL. Scary real. Which is good and just what I needed. The main speakers, Jen and Brian Dean, were great as well and the Lord really used the scripture they shared to speak to my heart.

So many of my online friends were there too! It was awesome to see friends I already had met in real life before and to finally meet others for the first time as well. It's funny how it feels like a reunion even though you barely know each other in "real life"...or maybe we do know the real us because what draws us together as friends (Jesus + infertility and adoption) is so raw and real. 

If you are attempting to survive infertility or adoption I strongly recommend you trying to come to the next Choose Joy event...you can sign up for email updates here

 

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